ERIC Number: ED222613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
In Dallas, School Desegregation is a Business Affair.
Willie, Charles V.
The business community in Dallas, Texas, has had considerable influence in developing a school desegregation plan for the Dallas Independent School District. Business leaders' interest in school desegregation stemmed from a desire to maintain a good business climate in a community whose tranquility, they felt, was being threatened by emerging school desegregation issues. Because school desegregation was a highly controversial community issue, business leaders took a planning approach that deviated from the way that the influential business sector had operated in the community in the past. The task force established to formulate the desegretation plan comprised members of different racial/ethnic groups and minimized the role and influence of whites in decisionmaking. There have been solid accomplishments in education as a result of interracial planning for school desegregation. Yet, the definition of success for the Dallas plan appears to be based not so much on what has been accomplished as on how it has been accomplished. The role that business has played in the Dallas desegregation effort suggests that, by generating the trust of minority groups, powerful sectors in other communities can have a significant impact on the problems of school desegregation. (Author/MJL)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Desegregation Plans, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups, Political Influences, School Business Relationship, School Desegregation
Not available spearately; see UD 022 565.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Texas (Dallas)
Note: Paper originally given at the Annual Community-Clinical Workshop (6th, Lanham, MD, November 4-6, 1976).